Man Utd and Chelsea flop Radamel Falcao offered loan move to Middlesbrough

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Following failed spells at Manchester United and Chelsea, Radamel Falcao must be wondering where it all went wrong.

The Colombian was once Europe’s most feared striker but now finds himself a punch line amongst football fans.

It seems like an eternity ago when Falcao was tearing apart defences on a weekly basis for Atletico Madrid, scoring 52 goals in 68 La Liga appearances during his two seasons in Spain.


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How times have changed.

A meagre five Premier League strikes later and Falcao’s career is in turmoil, but the worst could be yet to come.

According to the Telegraph, the 30-year-old striker has been offered a loan move to Premier League new boys Middlesbrough, who secured promotion into England’s top-flight last term.

To reiterate, Radamel Falcao - Colombia’s all-time record goalscorer - has been linked with a move to the Riverside Stadium.

Now that’s what you call a fall from grace.

By no means is that an insult to Middlesbrough, who did extremely well to secure Premier League status, but no one could have imagined Falcao being offered to a former Championship side three years after leaving Atletico.

Quite how he’s managed such a plummet is anyone’s guess, but given his age, it’s hard to envision the Colombian playing anywhere near the standard of football he has done over the past five years.

And as if being linked with Middlesbrough wasn’t embarrassing enough, even parent club Monaco don’t want him back. Ouch.

It’s a reasonable argument to make that Falcao would be better off pursuing a career in the MLS, where he can lay low and attempt to rebuild.

What’s certain is that his wage demands will play an important role in his future.

At United, he was paid an eye-watering £285,000-per-week; at Chelsea, he earned £140,000-per-week.

Middlesbrough wouldn’t be able to offer Falcao anything near what his former employers paid him, though, suggesting a pay-as-you-play wage could be in question.

The MLS may just be his best bet, then, especially so after he recently expressed an interest in playing in the States.

He said, according to Sky Sports: “The experience [in England] has been a little bit tough. It has not been easy because I couldn’t play constantly like I wanted to.

“I follow [the MLS]. In England, they are showing the games and I have some friends who play in it who I played with at River Plate or Porto like [Federico] Higuain or [Diego] Valeri.

“Some other Colombian players are playing in Major League Soccer and obviously the big stars like Andrea Pirlo, Kaka and Giovani dos Santos.

“I think MLS could be bigger than now because they have everything they need to become an even stronger league and become even more competitive."

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